DALLAS COWBOYS NFL DRAFT PLAN OF ATTACK

TEAM NEEDS: 
CB, S, WR, TE, DT

FREE AGENT ACQUISITIONS:
CB Anthony Brown, K Kai Forbath, S Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, WR Amari Cooper (re-signed), TE Blake Jarwin, LB Sean Lee (re-singed), G Joe Looney (re-signed), DT Gerald McCoy, DT Dontari Poe, OLB Aldon Smith, S Darian Thompson, K Greg Zuerlein

FREE AGENT LOSSES:
CB Byron Jones, WR Tavon Austin, WR Randall Cobb, TE Jason Witten, OT Cameron Fleming, G Xavier Sua’Filo, C Travis Frederick, DE Michael Bennett, DE Robert Quinn, DT Malike Collins, S Jeff Heath

ROUND 1 TARGETS:
CB CJ Henderson, OLB K’Lavon Chaisson, S Xavier McKinney, CB Kristian Fulton, S Grant Delpit, S Antoine Winfield Jr., WR Henry Ruggs III, WR Denzel Mims, WR Justin Jefferson

ROUND 2 TARGETS:
WR Brandon Aiyuk, WR Jalen Reagor, WR K.J. Hamler, WR Tee Higgins, DT Ross Blacklock, DT Neville Gallimore, DT Justin Madibuike, DT Marlon Davidson, S Ashytn Davis, S Jeremy Chinn, TE Cole Kmet

ROUND 3 TARGETS:
WR K.J. Hill, WR Van Jefferson, WR Collin Johnson, WR Chae Claypool, WR Bryan Edwards, CB Amik Robertson, CB Cameron Dantzler, CB Troy Pride Jr., DT Leki Fotu, DT Jordan Elliott, DT Davon Hamilton, TE Adam Trautman, TE Hunter Bryant

PLAN OF ATTACK:

Round 1

In round 1 the Cowboys are going to address their secondary. The only question will be if they are taking a cornerback or a safety. They lost Byron Jones in free agency and would love to replace him with C.J. Henderson here. He’s got the size, length, and speed that will likely land him a starting spot for the Cowboys as a rookie. The only question is if he’ll still be on the board or not. If he’s gone, the Cowboys should grab Alabama’s Xavier McKinney. McKinney is a beast who has great overall athleticism and can hit, cover, and play in the box. He would be a big upgrade to the back end of the Cowboys defense and be an impact player in year one.

Round 2

If the Cowboys end up taking Xavier McKinney in round 1, then in Round 2 they could add cornerback depth. Losing Byron Jones was a huge blow and no matter who they draft, they won’t come close to replacing him. That being said, they could still find some top talent on the board in the second round. Jaylon Johnson, Noah Igbinoghene, and Damon Arnette could be options. Johnson has great size and while he isn’t the fastest corner in this year’s class he could definitely compete with Anthony Brown and Jourdan Lewis for playing time.

The Cowboys could get a stud tight end in the second round too. The immortal Jason Witten signed with Oakland and while Blake Jarwin has had some moments, he isn’t anywhere near Witten’s level. Cole Kmet from Notre Dame is the top tight end in this year’s class. He is an excellent pass catcher and while he lacks elite size, is a more than willing blocker.

Grabbing a wide receiver is also a possibility for the Cowboys. A guy who would make a lot of sense would be K.J. Hamler from Penn State. The team lost Tavon Austin in free agency and Hamler would be a great replacement. He’s small at 5’9 and less than 180 pounds. However, he’s quick as a jackrabbit, with excellent top speed. He would be a major weapon working from the slot for the Cowboys as a rookie.

Round 3

In round 3 the Cowboys could get a receiver to fill out their depth chart. They have a nice duo at the top in Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup, but the talent drops off a cliff after those two. This is a very deep wide receiver class and the Cowboys could see better receiving options in round three this year than in most. Some names they could take would be K.J. Hill, Chase Claypool, Collin Johnson, and Bryan Edwards. Collin Johnson would be a solid pick here. He’s got great size at 6’6 and 221 pounds. He doesn’t have great speed but could be an effective target in the red zone as a rookie. The Cowboys could also go with a tight end. The name that sticks out the most is Adam Trautman from Dayton. Trautman opened eyes at the Combine and is an exceptional athlete who has the size and speed to be an above-average pass catcher in the NFL. He would compete with Blake Jarwin to be the team’s number one tight end, and worst case would form a hell of a one-two punch with him.

PROJECTED PICKS:
Round 1: S Xaver McKinney, Alabama
Round 2: CB Jaylon Johnson, Utah
Round 3: TE Adam Trautman, Dayton